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Looters take electrical goods after breaking into a store during the second night of civil disturbances in central Birmingham, England, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. (AP)

Looters take electrical goods after breaking into a store during the second night of civil disturbances in central Birmingham, England, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. (AP)

Police in London are now using facial recognition software to identify suspects in the wake of the worst-in-a-generation riots that rocked the U.K. this month, officials announced this week. Scotland Yard’s new software is also being considered for use at the 2012 Olympic Games, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Recently, we took a look at how police departments in the U.S. are beginning to use similar technology and what it means for the future of our liberties.

You can hear more of our coverage of the London riots here.

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